Alexander Says Administration’s Decision to Withdraw New Ozone Restrictions is “Welcome News”

Says the Rules “Would Have Thrown a Big, Wet Blanket Over Job Creation”

Posted on September 2, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today welcomed the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw its proposal for new ozone restrictions, which would have cost states and businesses $90 billion. Alexander wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson a letter in late July urging her to reconsider the rule.

“This is welcome news. These rules would have put the cart before the horse by requiring communities to have cleaner air before requiring smokestacks and tailpipes to stop producing pollution. The rules would have thrown a big, wet blanket over job creation by making it impossible for many communities to obtain the clean air permits they will need to attract industrial plants.”

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